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Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1313)
Sat, 11th Oct '08 9:01 PM


It was a god fun puzzle. It wasn't hard but I used a lot of moves waiting for the trick phrase that never came.

Bbear  (Level: 159.3 - Posts: 2301)
Sat, 11th Oct '08 9:35 PM

Loved it. DO THE FRENCH!!!

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Sat, 11th Oct '08 9:36 PM

There seemed to be one word in each puzzle that took a bunch of extra letters to decipher.

Suzannec  (Level: 243.5 - Posts: 616)
Sat, 11th Oct '08 10:07 PM

I'm really enjoying this series. Thanks!

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Sat, 11th Oct '08 10:16 PM

I think Sir Sploofus is an Aussie - because the questions
I got, sounded much too kind and understanding....
Excellent fun puzzle thanks...

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Sat, 11th Oct '08 11:39 PM

Hmmmm......I have not done it yet, waiting to see what you lot say first.....

It's sure to be disparaging, but funny?


Lissalou  (Level: 82.1 - Posts: 6)
Sat, 11th Oct '08 11:43 PM

Pennwoman good to see a genuine response.
It was interesting taking part in such an outspoken quiz. My mother did this quiz and she got different questions to me. It saddened me that this word puzzle actually mocked a tradition that is practiced in order to remember those who fought and died for us in World War Two, a war which my great granddad fort in. I find that people could say that "Australians are a bit sensitive" about this quiz odd and strange. How would the americans like it I made a hurtful comment about those who died in the world trade centre? No nation would like to have a tradgedy that happened to their nation mocked. I love being australian.Living in a country that embraces different culture, Art, food, wine, beer, sport, any sport! I love my funny odd aussie accent and I love our ability to laugh at comments such as the one about the wine and cork hats. Unfortunately just lately we decided to stop drinking wine because they started putting screw caps on wine bottles and they are no good for our hats.
Still on the other hand I don't take it lightly someone taking the things I love about being an aussie and turning them into a negative. Yes I do believe in sharing a joke with a few friends that may share a common view. But I see this word puzzle as a way for someone to openly utter and circulate slander, whether it is a small light hearted joke or not. Now that we've insulted Australians "light heartedly" Why stop there. Americans? Irish? English? Malaysians? Disable? Black people? Jewish? Why not expand the cloud of negativity even furthur.
"When a small weed starts to grow between to bricks it does not just remove itself it grows bigger and the distance between the two bricks grows furthur apart while the weed grows." A small light hearted joke can escalate.

What it comes down to is I feel that people should take some time to think about what makes them so proud to be an american or irish or an aussie and realise that noone has a right to take those positives and turn them around as negatives. Anyone who endorses this as a light hearted joke shame on you. I am proud to be a sensitive aussie! Clearly by the size of this post a passionate one.

Sploofus Editor
Sploofernatural (Editor)  
Sun, 12th Oct '08 12:21 AM


This is one of a series by SirSploof. Previous puzzles were about the English and the Americans, and like this one, they both used stereotyping, hyperbole, and making fun of the people in question, but I'm sure it's all in good fun. In fact, "The Americans" evoked similar complaints from Americans. I'm sorry if you took it otherwise.

Lissalou  (Level: 82.1 - Posts: 6)
Sun, 12th Oct '08 1:22 AM

I am not as offended as I may seem from my post. When I write I sound intense. I do see alot of humour in this quiz. Although there were probably many more who said nothing but looked at this quiz twice and thought is the person who wrote this kidding or is he for real? I think it's good to poke fun at yourself but I know that a fellow australian would never put down anything to do with anzac day, which the word puzzle did. It would be un-australian. To avoid offending people, maybe it should have been titled False sterotypes. Hopefully that, smoke20 would help separate fact from fiction.

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Sun, 12th Oct '08 1:37 AM

Could be. It's only that we just went through this with offended Americans, and I thought we were now past reading offense into these puzzles. I don't know anything about what you're objecting to and I will be interested to learn, but to avoid giving away information it would be best to not talk about it any more specifically here until the puzzle closes.

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Sirsploof (Editor)  
Sun, 12th Oct '08 5:10 AM

Of course this series is humorous - and there's more to come!
I can assure you that the series has or will include my own nationality too!
If the poster above knew me at all, he/she would realise that I am the very last person on Earth who would mock the ANZACs.
I could take severe offence at that, but I and most realise that Sploofus is not the place for that!

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Sirsploof (Editor)  
Sun, 12th Oct '08 5:22 AM


Being really concerned at the depth of your reaction, especially re ANZACs, I rechecked the WP.

The ANZACs are not even mentioned, even obliquely!

I would appreciate any clarification, if you wish?

Garrybl  (Level: 276.3 - Posts: 6610)
Sun, 12th Oct '08 5:49 AM

has anyone else done the same stupid thing I managed on today's WP ?
On dial up I got my screen puzzle two and started typing guesses; realized too late that the grisd was still forming and the word at the end of the line had not filled in the number of letters fully...and now I could not work out if it was three four or five letters. To make matters worse it was the one obscure word in the puzzle!
wasted ten guesses on it.

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Sun, 12th Oct '08 6:45 AM

Translations available upon request

You know you're Australian if.....

1. You know the meaning of the word 'girt'.

2. You believe that stubbies can be either drunk or worn.

3. You think it's normal to have a Prime Minister called Kevin.

4. You waddle when you walk due to the 53 expired petrol discount
vouchers stuffed in your wallet or purse.

5. You've made a bong out of your garden hose rather than use it for
something illegal such as watering the garden.

6. You believe it is appropriate to put a rubber in your son's pencil
case when he first attends school.

7. When you hear that an American 'roots for his team' you wonder how
often and with whom.

8. You understand that the phrase 'a group of women wearing black
thongs' refers to footwear and may be less alluring than it sounds.

9. You pronounce Melbourne as 'Mel-bun'.

10. You pronounce Penrith as 'Pen-riff'.

11. You believe the 'L' in the word ' Australia ' is optional.

12. You can translate: 'Dazza and Shazza played Acca Dacca on the way
to Maccas.'

13. You believe it makes perfect sense for a nation to decorate its
highways with large fibreglass bananas, prawns and sheep.

14.. You call your best friend 'a total ba$tard' but someone you
really, truly despise is just 'a bit of a ba$tard'.

15. You think 'Woolloomooloo' is a perfectly reasonable name for a

16. You're secretly proud of our killer wildlife.

17. You believe it makes sense for a country to have a $1 coin that's
twice as big as its $2 coin.

18. You understand that 'Wagga Wagga' can be abbreviated to 'Wagga' but
'Woy Woy' can't be called 'Woy'.

19. You believe that cooked-down axle grease makes a good breakfast

20. You believe all famous Kiwis are actually Australian, until they
stuff up, at which point they again become Kiwis.

21. You know, whatever the tourist books say, that no one says

22. You know that certain words must, by law, be shouted out during any
rendition of the Angels' song Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again.

23. You believe, as an article of faith, that the confectionery known
as the "Wagon Wheel" has become smaller with every passing year.

24. You still don't get why the 'Labor' in 'Australian Labor Party' is
not spelled with a 'u'.

25. You wear Ugh boots outside the house.

26. You believe, as an article of faith, that every important discovery
in the world was made by an Australian but then sold off to the Yanks
for a pittance.

27. You believe that the more you shorten someone's name the more you
like them.

28. Whatever your linguistic skills, you find yourself able to order
take-away fluently in every Asian language.

29. You understand that 'excuse me' can sound rude, while 'scuse me' is
always polite.

30. You know what it's like to swallow a fly, on occasion via your

31. You understand that 'you' has a plural and that it's 'youse'.

32. You know it's not summer until the steering wheel is too hot to

33. Your biggest family argument over the summer concerned the rules
for beach cricket.

34. You shake your head in horror when companies try to market what
they call 'Anzac cookies'.

35. You still think of Kylie as 'that girl off Neighbours'.

36. When returning home from overseas, you expect to be brutally
strip-searched by Customs - just in case you're trying to sneak in

37. You believe the phrase 'smart casual' refers to a pair of black
tracky-daks, suitably laundered.

38. You understand that all train timetables are works of fiction.

39. When working on a bar, you understand male customers will feel the
need to offer an excuse whenever they order low-alcohol beer.

40. You get choked up with emotion by the first verse of the national
anthem and then have trouble remembering the second.

41. You find yourself ignorant of nearly all the facts deemed essential
in the government's new test for migrants.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sun, 12th Oct '08 7:02 AM

Wow, what a great post. I've never really had a great desire to visit Australia, but may be changing my mind. I didn't understand half of what you said, but it all sounded fun! Have you ever been to an "Outback" restaurant in the US? And finally, what does "oy" mean?

Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1313)
Sun, 12th Oct '08 7:36 AM

Editors and Writers. It may be an idea for the next puzzle with this content to use the wisdom of some of the television programs seen on U.S. TV. They flash up a warnings before the show to let you know that some of the contents may be offensive to certain viewers of the program. That's the first thing you see when you watch "South Park" and that thing is on five times a day, never miss it. Networks like HBO love shock value with their programs, anyone here ever watch DEF Comedy ??

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sun, 12th Oct '08 7:39 AM

I knew #25!

Only #25.

Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Sun, 12th Oct '08 8:25 AM

I learned two important things doing this puzzle:
1. Don't try and watch a football game at the same time you are doing a WP
2. Don't spend the day at Octoberfest and expect to be able to think clearly
(But I also learned that I'd much rather drink German beer than the stuff they drink down under - at least according to one of the puzzles I got!)

Alvandy  (Level: 225.6 - Posts: 7527)
Sun, 12th Oct '08 9:01 AM

I liked this puzzle, like the others in Sirsploof's series. My wife still has a pen pal who lives in Pakenham Australia for nearly forty years.
She used to have a subscription of Australian Geographic Magazine mailed to us. We definitely would love to visit Australia
I'd love to see the southern sky and the many celestial objects that I only see now in science magazines.
Maybe even a kangaroo and koala and platypus and those other "weird" animals.
I'd throw a boomerang and hope it would come back!
Yep, it's the Land Down Under!
Al "the bloke from York, PA"


Debbie1957  (Level: 45.7 - Posts: 402)
Sun, 12th Oct '08 9:28 AM

I enjoyed the puzzle and learned a few more things about Australia.

Bbear  (Level: 159.3 - Posts: 2301)
Sun, 12th Oct '08 11:10 AM

Bushyfox: too funny. My stepmother is an Aussie and she and my dad spent five years there. I never did get a chance to go, but all my kids went. What a country!

Sirsploof: keep it up. If we can't laugh at ourselves we can't laugh. I'd like to see a series on American locals (i.e. southerners vs New Englanders vs midwesterners vs west coasters). This could go on for years and you could end up successfully offending everyone on earth. Love it!

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Sun, 12th Oct '08 11:58 AM

All the time Gary and one of the things I've griped about. I always wait for the whole thing to load as at home I'm on dial up, however being that it's a javascript, sometimes the javascript will hang (seemingly without rhyme reason or trackability since it's sporadic) - It would do that on the old one but I was able to right click to "show picture" and finish out the missing blanks - of course the only way to clear an error with javascript is to refresh your browser, and of course you can't do that with the puzzle or it boots you as incomplete.

Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1313)
Sun, 12th Oct '08 12:00 PM

Bbear !! It might be an idea for you to start a thread with your idea. I really don't think it would go over as good as you might think. Too much of anything isn't always good.

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Sun, 12th Oct '08 3:49 PM

Glad youse blokes'n'bonza sheilas liked the fun post above!

We say "Oy" kinda like "Hey"'s a way of grabbing attention.

Yup, I dropped in briefly on the "Outback" Restaurant in Anchorage, AK. Unfortunately, the lunch period was over, so I just said "G'day" to the staff for a while. .......Maybe next time???

....As they say on "The Price Is Right"....
"C'mon DOWN!" I'd love to see you.

Cheers! Bev

Kaufman  (Level: 254.1 - Posts: 3936)
Sun, 12th Oct '08 4:51 PM


I hope one day you get to taste a Coopers. You may decide it doesn't knock the socks off a good German brew, but I think you'd find it at least competitive

Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Sun, 12th Oct '08 4:56 PM

Fair dinkum post B! Good on yer for trying to educate these ocker Yanks! Now if they come visit yer they'll not come a gutser over the lingo!
Strewth! Me tinny's run low - better fetch a stubbie or I'll never get the wobbly boot on!


Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sun, 12th Oct '08 4:59 PM

I like Bbears idea, but egos are pretty fragile around here right now, so have to agree with Bill. Maybe after the election we'll all get back to sanity.

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Sun, 12th Oct '08 5:15 PM

ROFL @ Martin.......struth, that's bloody funny!!!


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